Federal Asset Seizures Rise, Netting Innocent with Guilty This is a rather long article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal and is great if you are looking for a lot of background material for an article, research paper or for general knowledge.
There is one point that articles like this don’t give much attention to and this one does more than most. Outside cash can shift the priorities of police departments from the elected bodies that are supposed to give them direction to focusing on those priorities that may give them an income stream that is independent of normal taxation streams.
It does point out that some 400 federal statutes -a near doubling by one ount, since the 1990s-empower the government to take assets from convicted criminals as well as people nevr charged with a crime.,
The third point which is clear: Last year, forfeiture programs confiscated houses, cars, boats and cash in more than 15,000 cases. The total take topped #2,5 billion, more than doubling in five years,
For me the bottom line becom es: are the assorted police forces in the nation cultivating those criminal activities that generate large civil forfeitures and why are they constantly growing or is it the very nature of the american character changing into a criminal nature.